The majority of us would like to understand what occurs to us when we pass away. Does our awareness continue into an afterlife? Are we reunited with treasured ones who died before us? Do we face a divine being who will evaluate us for our earthly actions? Do we come back to life in another form?
While nobody understands the responses to these concerns with certainty, lots of people have actually had what they think are peeks of the “opposite.” The most popular of these is the “near death experience” (NDE), which as numerous as 4 percent of adults have had, by some estimates.
Normal NDEs consist of things like an out-of-body experience, seeing a light, getting in touch with deceased enjoyed ones, seeing a starry landscape, and the feeling of a tunnel. NDEs are typically linked to medical emergency situations like when an individual’s heart stops whipping; a 2001 research study in the journal Lancet reported that 18% of individuals who survived heart attack reported an NDE. Nevertheless, near death experiences have actually also been reported by people who were not imminently at death’s door, such as those identified with terminal diseases or who believed they will die from an accident or near-accident.
Doubters have argued that NDEs are absolutely nothing more than the direct impact of physiological causes like lack of oxygen to the brain. Nevertheless, it’s harder for these descriptions to account for comparable experiences by individuals who weren’t medically dead.
The related phenomenon of a shared death experience (SDE) likewise provides a puzzle for uncomplicated mechanistic descriptions of the NDE. Throughout an SDE the individual has the experience of “visiting the other side” at the minute somebody near to them dies– as though they are sharing in the experience of death, without physically passing away.
I just recently consulted with Dr. Sharon Prentice on the Think Act Be podcast about her brilliant SDE many years ago when her partner passed away. She describes her SDE and the events leading up to it in her current book, Ending up being Starlight: A Shared Death Journey from Darkness to Light.
The most striking feature of these encounters may not be the experience of passing away, but how they often change a person’s life. Many individuals describe losing their worry of death following an NDE or SDE, and feeling greater love on their own and others.
That was definitely the case for Prentice. She had actually lost her newborn daughter Stephanie eight years previously, and not surprisingly had actually grown angry, bitter, and withdrawn. However her SDE when her other half died brought her back to life. The experience of pure, inexpressible love that she had in a health center space for those couple of minutes have actually stayed with her in the years because. It significantly changed her view of the world and her location in it, and her beliefs about God and death.
Dr. Pim van Lommel’s clinical review of near-death experiences explains similar responses to NDEs, including “a greater appreciation of regular things, whereas interest in belongings and power decreased,” as well as “improved intuitive sensations …, along with a strong sense of connectedness with others and with nature.” Simply put, it appears that NDEs and SDEs can lead to a more significant way of living.
Descriptions of NDEs and SDEs stick out to me partially because of my own death experience, which in my case occurred in a dream. I have actually explained my dream at length in a previous post (” What Imagine Your Death Are Actually About”); just like a typical NDE, I took a trip into the stars, felt thoroughly connected with loved ones, and had a sense of ageless connection to pure love.
These experiences overflowed into my waking life, changing my beliefs about what occurs when we die and about our ongoing connection with those who have passed on. Years later on I was stunned to hear a very similar description of an NDE [spoiler alert] in the last episode of the first season of Real Investigator. (You can view it here; caution: consists of great deals of blasphemy.).
I had no concept before my imagine a love that defied time and area, and even death. The exact same held true for Prentice, who formerly had no belief in an all-loving divinity, or expectation that she would talk with her partner after he passed away. Similar to lots of who’ve had an SDE or NDE, she was caught entirely off guard by it.
NDEs, SDEs, and death dreams are particularly difficult given the striking similarities in the experiences despite the individual’s mental state at the time, ranging from evident awareness to cardiac arrest and coma.
What are we to make from them? Are they simply items of the creativity? Religions manifested during modified states of awareness? Half-remembered traces of our home prior to we came to Earth? The desire of a divinity to be known, and to tell us we’re enjoyed beyond step and have no requirement to fear, even in death?
Whatever their cause, the majority of people experience these encounters as presents, as I did when I dreamed I died. When I got up I was sobbing, and my better half (always the light sleeper) heard me and asked what was wrong.
” I dreamed I died,” I said.
She patted me consolingly in her half-sleep. “I’m sorry,” she said.
” No,” I said, “it was gorgeous.”.